Boys lacrosse: Fourth-ranked Eagan blows past Irish, 15-4
Rosemount got out to a promising start in last Wednesday's Section 3 semifinals, but eventually saw its season come to an end with a 15-4 loss on the road at fourth-ranked Eagan.
The sixth-ranked Irish scored the game's first goal, and the score was still tied at 2-2 early on in the second quarter before the Wildcats took over.
"The first quarter was ours, it was really exciting. Then Eagan showed how good of a team it is," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "The problem we faced was they had too many kids who could score. They had a lot of different options and different looks and it was tough for our guys to defend. They're a very talented team."
The Wildcats went on to lose to second-ranked Eastview in the Section 3 title game. The Lightning are in action at the state tournament this week.
The Irish finished the season with a record of 12-4, their third straight 10-win season. Fourteen seniors played in their final games, including All-State leading scorer Matt Weller and all three starting defenders.
"Not many teams win 10 games three years in a row. It's been exciting to be on that side of the ball as a program now, especially after being 0-13 our first year," Kuehn said. "Losing this group of seniors will definitely be hard for our program. A lot of them started playing varsity as sophomores and started playing lacrosse year-round, which has helped our program excel."
Carter Yepsen led the Irish with two goals against Eagan. Trent Woodcock and Chris Peterson each scored once. Weller, Grant VanOverbeke and Conner Yepsen each had assists.
Goaltender Chase Olson stopped nine Eagan shots.